The Meaning of Everyday Occupation, Second Edition

Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
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The Meaning of Everyday Occupation, Second Edition is a text designed to bring the reader closer to the world of occupation. This new edition probes more deeply into the meanings of everyday occupation and offers opportunities to the reader for personal reflection about day-to-day occupational patterns.

The continuing emphasis of this Second Edition, by award-winning author Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, is on everyday occupation as experience. The Meaning of Everyday Occupation motivates occupational therapists to think about how occupation is experienced in everyday life, to absorb the complexity of meanings imbedded in daily life, and to value the personal and social significance of everyday occupation in their own and their clients’ lives.

Chapters themes include:
• Space and place—sources of meaning in occupation
• Culture and occupation
• Occupation as a source of well-being and development
• Occupation and relationships
• Disability and occupation
• Occupation as a source of spirituality
• Creativity in occupation as a source of meaning

Throughout the Second Edition, the text focuses on the ways in which daily occupation contributes to meaning in our lives, providing a sound understanding of the daily routines and activities to which we so often give little attention. Emerging trends in occupational therapy are also examined, focusing on strengthened globalization, the movement toward populations and systems as clients, and the increasing emphasis on experiential definitions of occupation in education, practice and research.

Instructors in educational settings can visit for newly developed material to be used for teaching in the classroom.

The Meaning of Everyday Occupation, Second Edition is a unique and comprehensive text for the study of occupation and its implications for effective practice. Verbatim narratives from occupational therapists in practice and excerpts from the author’s life are integrated with theories of occupation and occupational science throughout the book, yielding a coherent, comprehensive and readable text on the importance of occupation to the quality of daily life.

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Betty Risteen Hasselkus, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is an Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology/Occupational Therapy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she served as program director for 10 years. Prior to her faculty appointment, she earned a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy, a master of science degree in physical education, and a doctor of philosophy degree at the University of Wisconsin. The hospital where she did much of her training and where she held her first position in occupational therapy is also the building where she was born, where her children were born, and where, ultimately, the academic program of occupational therapy was located during her faculty years.

During her more than 40 years of active participation in the profession of occupational therapy, Dr. Hasselkus has focused her research, teaching, and practice on the everyday occupational experience of people in the community, with a special emphasis on family caregiving for older family members, physician–family caregiver relationships, meanings of everyday occupation to dementia daycare staff, and the meaning of doing occupational therapy. She was elected to the American Occupational Therapy Association Roster of Fellows in 1986 and to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research in 1999. Dr. Hasselkus was the invited Wilma West Lecturer at the University of Southern California in 2003, presenting a lecture entitled, "The Voice of Everyday Occupation." In 2005, she was awarded the AOTA Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship Award—the Association’s highest award for scholarship—and subsequently gave the award lecture in 2006, "The World of Everyday Occupation: Real People, Real Lives."

Dr. Hasselkus was editor of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy from 1998 to 2003. Her international reputation as a scholar has taken her to Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Wales, and Northern Ireland, where she has provided lectures and workshops on qualitative research methods, critical analysis, writing, and qualitative research opportunities in everyday occupation. Her scholarly career includes more than 90 publications in journals and texts.


About the Author
Chapter 1    Meaning: An Essential for Life
                  Personal and Social Meanings
                  Meaning and Performance in Life
                  Aspects of Seeing
                  How Do We “Know” Meaning?
                  The Open Door Policy
Chapter 2    Meaning in Everyday Occupation
                  Happiness Is
                  Occupation and Being
                  Occupation and Becoming
                  Occupation and Belonging
Chapter 3    Space and Place: Sources of Meaning in Occupation
                  Space and Place in Our Lives
                  Health and Well-Being Within Space and Place
                  Space and Therapy
                  From Space to Place in Therapy
                  A Place to Call Home
                  Special Places
                  A Geography of Health
Chapter 4    Culture and Occupation: The Experience of Similarity
                  and Difference
                  Culture as Similarity and Difference
                  Cultivating the Similar in Our Lives
                  Cultivating Difference in Our Lives
                  Structuring the Similarities: Routines, Habits, and Rituals
                  Disability as Difference
Chapter 5    Occupation as a Source of Well-Being and Development
                  The Essence of Well-Being
                  Occupation and Human Development
                  Occupation to the End
Chapter 6    Occupation as Meaningful Connection
                  Relation and the Professional
                  Relation and Well-Being
                  Occupational Forms of Relation
                  Occupational Therapy and Connectedness
Chapter 7    Disability and Occupation
                  The Faces of Disability
                  Occupation as Disability Experience
                  Disability as Occupational Experience
                  Being the Bridge
Chapter 8    Occupation as a Source of Spirituality
                  This Thing Called Spirituality
                  Spiritual “Health”
                  Spirituality and Occupation: Compatible Partners?
                  Spirituality and Everyday Occupation
                  Spirituality and Occupational Therapy
                  The Space Within
Chapter 9    Creativity in Occupation as a Source of Meaning
                  Creativity From Without and Within
                  Arising From Chaos
                  Creativity and Health
                  To the Dancing Star
Chapter 10 Occupation Speaks: Final Thoughts
                  The Therapist and the Splint